Rosie Blacketer | Reporter
The Osage City High School class of 2013 received diplomas Sunday at a commencement ceremony held in the high school gym, recognizing the completion of 12 years of education.
The packed gym welcomed the 45 graduating seniors to the floor at 2 p.m. to the tune of “Fanfare and Processional,” performed by the OCHS band. The band continued the performance with “Song for Lyndsay,” joined by senior members of the band.
Honor student Cheyenne Allen was the first to speak to graduates. She thanked all the people who helped her and her classmates along the path to this very day.
“We have seen each other through the best times, like making volcanoes and playing knock out at recess and through the worst times, puberty,” Allen said.
A quote by Walt Disney inspired her commencement speech.
“Around here however, we don’t look back for very long,” she quoted. “We keep moving forward. Opening up new doors and doing new things because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
The OCHS choir followed Allen’s speech with “Closer to the Flame.”
Honor student Caroline Mussatto then addressed the crowd, speaking of the years the class had looked forward to this day.
“Today I just want to sit back and look back on the experiences we’ve shared,” Mussatto said. “Look forward to what comes next, look around and thank everyone who’s been there for us along the way.”
Mussatto spoke of knowing some classmates since kindergarten and growing up with them.
“We no longer have to raise our hands to dump our lunch trays, and most of all, we have learned how to share the ball in gym class,” she said.
She spoke of how far they had come since their freshman year and how they have grown close.
“In a few months, we will enter something called the real world,” she said.
She spoke of classmates going to college, finding jobs or joining the armed services.
“As scary as that is for everyone else, I can’t wait,” she said.
She thanked parents, teachers, faculty and most of all, custodians, for the messes they had to clean up from the class of 2013.
“We’ve looked back, forward, around us and I just have one more thing,” she said as she concluded her speech, “To my fellow seniors, the class of 2013, look up. Your future is right ahead of you.”
Senior Kingham Johnson followed Mussatto’s speech by singing “You’re Going to Miss This.” Kathryn King followed Kingham with a solo “So Long.”
OCHS Principal Tony Heward then presented the class, calling on each of the 45 graduates as they received their diplomas from school board members Cindy Cook and Ray Lauber.
The band concluded the ceremony with “Fanfare and Recessional” as graduates exited the gym to the commons, where family and friends congratulated them.
Junior attendants for the graduation were Tristan Carlson, Cayla Lawless, Dylan Combes and Tanner Kimball. Program attendants were Calley Griffith, Zhengru Li and Mariel Robert.
The class chose Amaryllis for the class flower, and class motto is “The question is not always where we stand, but in which direction we are going.”
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